Article 5 is the cornerstone of the Alliance. It means that an attack on one is an attack on all. This article has been invoked only once in the 70-year history of the Alliance: in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks on the United States. In this episode we discuss how NATO came to the aid of the US and why article 5 was invoked.
We speak with Lord George Robertson about his recollection of the hours and days following the 9/11 attacks and we discuss the significance of the decision to invoke Article 5.
HOSTS: Dr. Stella Adorf, Master Sergeant Alex Burnett, Dr. Linda Risso
GUESTS: Lord George Robertson, Michael Ruehle
NATO Declassified: 9/11 and beyond
NATO and the days after 9/11
Statement by the North Atlantic Council, 11 September 2001
NATO"s Response to Terrorism, 6 December 2001<br><a title="official_texts_18848" href="https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/official_texts_18848.htm?selectedLocale=en" target="_blank">https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/official_texts_18848.htm?selectedLocale=en
Statement on combating terrorism: Adapting the Alliance"s Defence Capabilities, 18 December 2001<br><a title="official_texts_18843" href="https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/official_texts_18843.htm?selectedLocale=en" target="_blank">https://www.nato.int/cps/en/natohq/official_texts_18843.htm?selectedLocale=en